PS 223 Forensic Psychology I (3)
Forensic Psychology is an interdisciplinary field that draws upon psychology, sociology, and criminal justice. Forensic Psychology I is the first course in a two-course semester sequence and is designed to introduce the field and examine aspects of human behavior related directly to criminal justice. Major topic areas include the roles and responsibilities of the forensic psychologist, the history of forensic psychology, criminal profiling, geographic profiling, police and investigative psychology, and criminal psychology. The profiles of serial killers will be highlighted. The court structure, judicial process, and related topics such as mental health laws, insanity and competency will be covered. The interaction between nature and nurture and their association with factors such as violence will be highlighted.
Prerequisite: PS 102S